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Care Bears on Fire

Get Over It


Buy if you like: The Runaways, the Donnas, Cocktail Slippers

Get Over It is the second full-length album from New York punk-pop girl rockers Care Bears on Fire, a feat that's more impressive since the girls are 13 (Sophie, guitarist and lead vocalist), 13 (Izzy, drums) and 15 (Jena, bass). Spiritual heirs of the Runaways and the Donnas, Care Bears on Fire play a hook-filled brand of punky rock 'n roll, enough so that "Everybody Else," their anthem of independence, is a hit with the garage rock set as well as the kids. Their songs are funny and insightful: intervening on behalf of everyone's favorite brainless doll on "Barbie Eat a Sandwich," discussing pervs on the Internet on "Met You on My Space" and working through issues of teenage life on songs like "Super Teen" and the hilarious "Gym Class Haze." Rock 'n roll was originally teenage music. It is again with the Care Bears on Fire. — L. Kent Wolgamott


Walter Trout

Unspoiled by Progress


Buy if you like: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Coco Montoya

Former Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker and John Mayall guitarist Walter Trout celebrates two decades leading his own band with this 77-minute disc that features three new songs along with nine live recordings. Culled from shows in Huntington Beach, Calif., when the Walter Trout Band began in 1979, in Amsterdam on the band's first European tour, as well as Las Vegas, London and Germany, the live cuts showcase Trout's blazing, soulful guitar work. The three new songs display his songwriting ability — especially the topical opener "They Call Us the Working Class," reminiscent of John Fogerty's socio-political numbers. The album subtitle is "20 Years of Hardcore Blues," but that's a bit of a misnomer. While he can play the straight blues, as he does on the 11-minute "Finally Gotten Over You," Trout's a blues-rocker. And there's no one better. — L. Kent Wolgamott



A Watched Pot

Artist Garage

Buy if you like: Queen, Jeff Buckley

In 2003, Bleu released Redhead, one of the better pop albums you could hope to hear. With a Columbia Records contract and a stellar collection of crisp pop-rock anthems, all topped off by his octave-leaping voice, he seemed poised for a share of success within the alt-pop scene, if not a mainstream breakthrough. But the album stiffed commercially. A Watched Pot was actually recorded in 2005 but only just now released. It's not as good as Redhead, but that doesn't mean it's a washout. Much to the contrary, there are several gems here, including "Save Me," the sneakily funny "I Won't Fuck You Over (This Time)" and "What Kinda Man Am I." On the whole, it's a mellower album, with fewer songs that jump from the speakers demanding attention. But it still keeps hope alive that Bleu may yet deliver on the immense promise of its predecessor. — Alan Sculley

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